Archive - Steve Peterson

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Steve Peterson has been in the game business for 30 years now as a designer (co-designer of the Champions RPG among others), a marketer (for various software companies) and a lecturer. Follow him on Twitter @20thLevel.

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1 Superdata: Digital game sales down in May

2 years ago While it's not as bad as retail sales, consumers are still cautious

1 Xbox One news good for GameStop

2 years ago Stock climbs in after-hours trading; Gamefly, Redbox weigh in

9 Ubisoft CEO: Used games have “been good for the industry”

2 years ago Guillemot says Ubi has made no policy yet on used games for Xbox One; he also sees next-gen dev costs rising quickly two years from now


4 GameStop brushes aside concerns about Xbox One and used games

2 years ago Following the earnings call, we analyze the year ahead for GameStop as controversy over Xbox One and used games heats up


11 DeNA to release Molyneux's GODUS

2 years ago The successful Kickstarter-backed game's mobile versions will be distributed worldwide; Molyneux also tells us he fears consoles are "becoming a hobby"

13 How Nintendo Can "Win" E3

2 years ago "Effectively, Nintendo needs to relaunch the Wii U and make sure the audience understands what it is"


2 Gree lays off staff in San Francisco

2 years ago [Updated] Sources say around 30 staff laid off


9 Activision's Kotick brushes aside the mobile market

2 years ago Activision's super confident in its console-centric approach, so why are the execs warning of dangers ahead? We analyze the company's position


5 EA: Console transition to "determine market leadership for rest of decade"

2 years ago [UPDATED] EA stock jumps over 14% on forecast. We examine EA's strategy for the next year as it looks to ramp up efforts for the next-gen consoles


8 Will Wright: Games "falling way short" as a medium

2 years ago The veteran designer believes the industry is far from realizing games' potential; he also says EA's Sim City server problems were "inexcusable"


4 Google hires Noah Falstein as chief game designer

2 years ago What are the search giant's plans for the game industry?


3 Gamers love swag: The lucrative world of collector's editions

2 years ago We talk to one of the leading makers of game items about how they're made, the impact on sales, and why fans get crazy about game swag

Facebook: Q1 game revenue up 12%, Zynga down 37%

2 years ago Zuckerberg says Zynga's “growth hasn't been as awesome as everyone had hoped”


20 Mobile to be "primary hardware" for gaming by 2016

2 years ago Shifting mobile game market to hit $9 billion in 2016, says Juniper; tablets helping to drive in-app purchases


5 Games need more direction, says filmmaker James McTeigue

2 years ago The V for Vendetta director says there has to be a "master of the ship" on a game at some point so that designers don't get bogged down in minutiae


25 Riot: Don't ban your players, reform them

2 years ago Riot is taking a very scientific and psychological approach to player behavior, and it's only helping to increase League of Legends' popularity


App Annie: Amazon Appstore could grow to the size of iTunes

2 years ago Analytics firm now supplying data for Amazon as it expands to nearly 200 countries


3 Zynga's bet on midcore, real-money gaming could be a win

2 years ago Profitable, but smaller, Zynga is aiming to turn its business around with new games, midcore, mobile, and real-money gaming


6 Brian Fargo: We no longer have to answer to the Walmart buyer

2 years ago The head of InXile talks about the big advantages of crowdfunding, eliminating gatekeepers, cooperating with Obsidian and more

4 Apple sells 37 million iPhones but profits dip in Q1

2 years ago The company also sold 19.5 million iPads in the quarter, but gross margins fell


11 Chris Roberts: I can be more profitable than AAA games on a fifth of sales

2 years ago The veteran developer talks about Star Citizen's development process, the problems with big publishers and whether the PS4 may see his game


BBC aspires to Defiance-like transmedia approach

2 years ago Robert Nashak, BBC's EVP for digital, explains how the company deals with its vast array of IP and why BBC is so excited for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox


4 Game Marketing: "If the rules of the game aren't working, change the rules"

2 years ago Sessions on the growth of eSports, The Walking Dead's marketing, and the “wild wild west” of Google Play reveal how some are reaching new audiences


8 Microsoft keeps quiet, but the numbers say change is needed

Opinion 2 years ago There was barely a hint of a new console in Microsoft's earnings call, but Xbox unit sales continue to decline


24 Gordon Walton: Publishers see devs as "replaceable meat puppets"

2 years ago Veteran exec laments the treatment of dev teams, talks about Riccitiello's struggle, and predicts Activision's business ending in "catastrophe"